December 7, 1924|
|Occupation||Cinematographer, Film director and Television director|
Jack Couffer A.S.C. (born December 7, 1924 in Upland, California) is an American cinematographer and film and television director. Couffer has specialized on documentary films, often involving nature and animal cinematography. Couffer was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Cinematography for his work on the film version of the novel Jonathan Livingston Seagull (1974).
Couffer served in the United States Army during the Second World War; based on his war experience, he subsequently wrote a book about the "Bat Bomb" project to use bats to deliver incendiary bombs. Following the war Couffer studied at the University of Southern California School of Cinema-Television.
Couffer has described his subsequent career as follows:
With his mixed abilities as a naturalist and film maker, Jack joined Walt Disney Studios as a cameraman on the early True Life Adventure series of nature films. He worked at Disney for more than ten years in a variety of functions--writer, director, producer, cameraman--and participated there in the making of more than two dozen movies.
Among many other projects with Disney, Couffer wrote, directed, and filmed the documentary The Legend of the Boy and the Eagle (1967). Couffer has also worked on numerous independent and major studio films and television shows. Couffer was credited as a cinematographer for the influential, experimental documentary The Savage Eye (1959), and received his nomination for the Academy Award for Best Cinematography for the film Jonathan Livingston Seagull (1973). He had worked with Joseph Strick on The Savage Eye, and Strick co-produced two documentary films directed and written by Couffer, including Ring of Bright Water (1969) and The Darwin Adventure (1972).
In addition to his book about the "Bat Bomb," Couffer has published ten other books of non-fiction and fiction.